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  • Ohio Faiths Support Muslims Against Threats

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Representatives from several faith groups gathered at an Ohioan mosque to support the Muslim congregation against increasing Islamophobic threats, stressing Muslims’ role in sowing peace and understanding in the community. “An attack on Muslims of the Noor Center is an affront to all of our faith traditions and the entire

  • 7.5 million Americans lost their religion since 2012

    By Tobin Grant Religion News Service A new survey shows in stark relief that what some are calling the Great Decline of religion in America continues: Since 2012, the U.S. has about 7.5 million more Americans who are no longer active in religion. Earlier this month, the 2014 General Social Survey was released. The GSS is the

  • US: first Muslim college gets accreditation

    OnIslam & News Agencies CALIFORNIA – Making history for Islamic education in the US, a Muslim college has received formal academic accreditation last weekend, becoming the first officially recognized Islamic institution of higher learning in the country of seven million Muslim population. “Today, Zaytuna’s accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher

  • The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies

    The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies

    By Tom Ehrich Religion News Service On my recent 4,100-mile pilgrimage across the U.S., I occasionally used my radio’s “seek” function to find stations. I often stopped on a “Christian radio” station, sometimes a national network such as American Family Radio, sometimes a local effort featuring preachers from area churches, always conservative. I did so

  • Muslim Mental Health Conference addresses trauma

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor The seventh Muslim Mental Health conference will be held March 26 to 29 at the Dearborn Inn located in Dearborn Michigan. The conference is the only recurring meeting of Muslim faith leaders, behavioral scientists, and health providers in the United States. Dr. Halim Naeem, President of the Institute

  • Death penalty gets mixed reaction from N.C. Muslims

    By Yonat Shimron Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C.—News that prosecutors plan to seek the death sentence for the man accused of killing three Muslim students last month drew a mixed reaction from the local Muslim community. Many activists welcomed the move, but the family of Deah Barakat, the UNC dental student who was shot dead

  • Texan Muslim killed while taking photos of snow

    OnIslam Staff CAIRO – A leading US Muslim advocacy group has called on law enforcement authorities to address community concerns about what motivated the alleged killers of a 36-year-old Muslim who was shot Thursday while taking pictures of the snow. “Because of recent incidents targeting American Muslims, including the murder of three young Muslims in

  • Dr. Sherman Jackson: ‘build people up, don’t tear them down’

      By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor American Muslims and their allies packed the Burton Manor Banquet Center last Sunday in Livonia for the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan 15th annual fundraising dinner. The keynote speaker was Professor Sherman Jackson, visiting from the University of Southern California. CAIR-MI honored retired judge Adam A. Shakoor at

  • NYC adds holidays to school calendar

    NYC adds holidays to school calendar

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor New York City added two Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha to the public school holidays schedule on March 4 in a move that longtime proponents are calling a victory for the Muslim community. The city is now the largest school district in the country to recognize

  • Informant exposes how FBI infiltrated Muslim centers

    OnIslam.net CAIRO – Exposing how federals infiltrated US mosques for years, Craig Monteilh has recalled how he moved from being a charged criminal to FBI informant who spied on innocent Muslims in a bid to trap them into extremist rhetoric. “The FBI paid me to infiltrate mosques in Los Angeles and Orange County in Southern

  • British newspaper fakes CAIR-MI leader’s photo

    British newspaper fakes CAIR-MI leader’s photo

    By Laura Fawaz TMO Contributing Reporter Southfield, MI–Civil rights leader and Navy veteran Dawud Walid, is the recent target of Britain First’s attempt to defame Islam and Muslims. Britain First is a UK-based far right-wing group. Walid is Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI). He also served in

  • Las Vegas cemetery

    LAS VEGAS, NV–A Las Vegas area doctor is leading the effort to develop the area’s first Muslim cemetery. There are around 18,000 Muslims in the region and no dedicated cemetery for the community, reports the Las Vegas Review Journal. Dr. Osama Haikal is heading the push for a private not for private cemetery which will

  • Najmul Siddiqui receives award

    TORONTO, Canada–Najmul Siddiqui, a successful entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist, received the prestigious Order of Ontario in early February. He founded the multimillion dollar telecommunications company Tri-Vision in 1985. The company’s revolutionary technology allowed parental control of programming. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the

  • Houston hammam offers traditional take on bathing

    Houston hammam offers traditional take on bathing

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan The recent opening of Hammam Spa in Houston, Texas, brings Morocco’s treasured tradition of hammam-style bathing and washing to the Bayou City, a move sure to appeal to the large Moroccan population in Houston and even to those who are unfamiliar with this unique experience. In Morocco, a hammam is an

  • Remembering Deah Barakat

    Remembering Deah Barakat

    By Susan Schwartz The nation was stunned early last month when three young Muslim students were shot to death on the campus of the University of North Carolina. Deah Barakat, a 23 year old dental student, his wife, Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, and his wife’s sister, Razan abu-Salha, were killed by Craig Stephen Hicks in what police

  • New York City adds Muslim holidays to school calendar

    New York City adds Muslim holidays to school calendar

    By Aatif Ali Bokhari TMO Managing Editor New York City added two Muslim holidays, Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha, to the public school holidays schedule on March 4 in a move that longtime proponents are calling a victory for the Muslim community. The city is now the largest school district in the country

  • US Muslim sitcom corrects misconceptions

    US Muslim sitcom corrects misconceptions

    Onislam.net and agencies WASHINGTON – Taking on topics that affect Muslim Americans such as surveillance, racial profiling, online bullying, media bias, and mosque protests, a new sitcom has been announced by actor and writer Aasif Mandvi, bringing Muslim families closer to Americans. “It began with Katie Couric saying that what Muslims need in America to

  • Islamophobia haunts US Muslims

    Islamophobia haunts US Muslims

    By Carissa Lamkahouan onislam.net DALLAS – For Mohammed Jafri, thoughts that his hijab-wearing wife might be attacked when she is running errands by herself, either in grocery shopping alone or shuttling the kids to the park, have hijacked his personal feeling of safety forever. “I tell her to try not to go anywhere she doesn’t

  • Supreme Court to hear case of a headscarf that cost a Muslim teen a job

    Supreme Court to hear case of a headscarf that cost a Muslim teen a job

    By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Feb. 25) will hear the case of a young Muslim woman who says the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store illegally denied her a job because she wears a hijab in keeping with her faith. The store argues that company policy used to forbid floor “models” — the company’s word

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